Presentation on theme: "Update Sidney’s Defense: pp"— Presentation transcript:
1 Update Sidney’s Defense: pp. 1044-1083. Focus on: The Poet as Prophet and Creator; Definition and Classification of Poetry; Poetry vs. Philosophy and History; Answers to the Charges against Poetry;Posted on syllabus on website
2 Book II Guyon—Knight of Temperance Temperance as Moderation OED: “practice or habit of restraining oneself in provocation, passion, desire etc. Rational self-restraintAccompanied by Palmer--Reason
3 The Bower of Bliss Location in an artificial Garden (st. 42) Enclosed, but how: st. 43Genius and the Self (st. 47)Sexual TemptationAcrasia in the Bower
4 GuyonReactionsSt. 55St. 66Guidance from the Palmer (69)
5 Acrasia Her name means “intemperance”’ Witch with her lover (st. 72) Allegory: temperance conquers intemperanceWitch with her lover (st. 72)Temptress who turns men into beasts (Circe)Sensual temptation (st. 77)Loss of masculine strength (st. 80)
6 Bower destroyedGuyon’s destruction of the Bower 83
7 Possible contextsNew WorldIrelandThe Elizabethan court itself
8 English Drama Medieval Drama Cycle plays/Mystery plays/Corpus Christi playsMorality plays
9 English Drama Sixteenth-Century Dramatic Forms The Professional Stage (A-49) A-80 in 8th ed
11 Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe The Overreacher Marlowe’s Mighty Line Blank verse= unrhymed iambic pentameter
12 The Faustus ThemeSet in Wittenberg Historie u. Geschichte Dr Johannis Faustus Goethe Modern Adaptations….
13 Dr. Faustus Parodic Structure Where else have we seen parodic inversion?
14 Dr. Faustus Prologue—Icarus Overreacher Foreshadowing of Faustus story Prologue, line 15 ff.OverreacherForeshadowing of Faustus story
15 Act I Faustus not content with his achievements Lines 10-11; 20-24 Drawn to black magic Line 49 ff
16 Dr. FaustusFaustus’ desires and expectations—turning things upside-downDivinity should be highest Act I, line 37 ffIt becomes lowest Line 106 ffGood Angel/Bad Angel—form of allegoryLine I.1.70 ffMedieval influence 7 Deadly Sins Sc
17 Scene 1 Faustus dreams of power Colonizing the demon/spirit world Lines78-97Lines 119 ff
18 Scene 3 Faustus conjures Anti-Catholic (line 25) He is curious Further example: Scene 7 (Pope)He is curiousMephastophilis tells him of the nature of hell:Line 76 ff
19 Scene 3Faustus expects great power for his bargainLines 102 ff.
20 Faustus What is the nature of hell? What does he get—is he already there?See Scene 5, line 115 ff; line 135
21 Can Faustus be saved?Scene 5, line 194 ff. He believes he cannot repent
22 Comic Scenes Parodic Carnival Mixture of poetry and prose What is the purpose of carnival?“safety valve”?Stressing an essential humanity?Mixture of poetry and prose
23 Parodic pairings/Downward Spiral Scenes 3 and 4 (Faustus conjures/Wagner conjures)Scenes 5 and 6 (Faustus pledges/Robin and Rafe conjure)Scenes 7 and 8 (F tricks Pope/ Robin and Rafe call Mephastophilis)Scenes 9 and 10 (Faustus is in both scenes!)
24 Parodic Pairing Some claim this is a later interpolation But let’s compare to Simpson’s parodyIt’s ridiculous to sell your soul for a donut, but what does Faustus really get for his bargain?Scene 4, line 8—does Faustus really get more than these low characters?
25 Faustus and Tragedy Tragedy Tragic Flaws Christian or Subversive Tragedy?
26 The Old Man (Sc. 12) Who is he? Can we relate him to the Pardoner’s Tale?
27 The two versions of Faustus Page (9th ed.)Page (8th ed.)